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Klug, Aaron (Part 17 of 31). National Life Stories Collection: General

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  • Subjects

    Biophysics; Chemistry

  • Recording date

    2002-10-29, 2002-11-03, 2002-11-20, 2002-11-27

  • Recording locations

    MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge

  • Interviewees

    Klug, Aaron, 1926-, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Thompson, Katherine (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    This recording is a continution of the earlier talk in connection with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the discovery of DNA. AK explains why Crick and Watson were relieved by Bragg from the 'ban' of working on DNA. He also explains Rosalind Franklin's contribution to the problem and is showing pictures for further explanations and also explains the contributions by others involved in DNA work. He considers Crick as the 'genius' in the team. More about Crick and Watson and the book Watson wrote. The theory about DNA was universally accepted only after a later experiment proving that replication worked (done by Messelson Stahl). AK explains how this experiment was done using bacteria using the nitrogen 15 form. He mentions a very good book published recently: 'The most beautiful experiment in biology' by Holmes. And he also mentions other ways of proving the double helix. AK is writing a long article about the whole DNA story, due to come out shortly. More talk about the coming celebrations in Cambridge concluding with the unveiling of a plaque at 'The Eagle Pub' where Crick announced their discovery in the morning of the 23rd April 1953. Some discussion on the new edition of stamps by the Post Office in honour of the DNA discovery. AK considers them as anti-science and explains why.

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    Nobel Prize-winning chemist Aaron Klug in conversation about his life and work. Klug is most famous for his research into crystallographic electron microscopy.

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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